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  • The Shape of Water

    The Shape of Water


    To a child, the world provides. Shelter, hopefully, love, certainly, and encouragement, if they're lucky. In Pan's Labyrinth, a child was nurtured to make sense of the world through the fantastical. Men were horrors, and monsters were friends. Del Toro was Ofelia when Pan's Labyrinth was released. He was telling his story.

    From a grown up, the world receives. His story told, his love for the dark, the weird, the macabre documented, Del Toro is free to expand the canon.…

  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name


    The hype train transforms what you ultimately experience. CMBYN had all the good will in the world when it was released here in November, whispered by people in the know as the film you have to see. Now we've seen it, and it's everywhere, and it means re-engaging with a film I originally found to be a hazy, lust-filled paradise.

    That hype meant I brushed over issues I can't ignore on the way back down from that mountainous buzz. And…

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  • A Silent Voice

    A Silent Voice


    Boy meets girl. Boy bullies girl. Boy matures and tries to set things right.

    I really hated Ishida. You're supposed to, obviously. He bullies Nishimiya for no reason other than her deafness. He would have bullied her regardless, just because she was new to the class. He is the ringleader and the enabler for his friends to bully her too.

    Cut to years later and something has changed. He's distanced himself from who he used to be. Ostracised by his…

  • War for the Planet of the Apes

    War for the Planet of the Apes


    The anti-summer Hollywood blockbuster. It's cold, patient, and pensive. It withholds its explosions until the tension has nowhere else to go but all over the war-torn earth. Caesar has led the apes to an inevitable conclusion - a fight to end all fights.

    Rise was a surprisingly enjoyable flick, but Dawn took things to the next level, setting the scene for War. The moral ambiguity, that tortured hopelessness felt by Koba that led to internal conflict, has infected the upper…